MOT centre open for business after revamp
IT may not be the right time to start a business, but if no one started up where would the economy be?
That’s the philosophical, and cautiously upbeat, view of Carmine Basile who has opened the Autorama MOT business at his own site in Second Drove, Fengate, Peterborough. He is positive about the future, a good attitude to have given that he has invested more than £120,000 of his own money into the new venture.
The former engineering site has been refurbished and transformed
JOHN KRALEVICH into an up-to-the-minute MOT centre.
The centre can accommodate MOT classes 1 and 2 (motorcycles), 4 (cars and light commercials) and, unusually, 7 (light commercials up to 3.5 tonnes).
A family-run set-up, Autorama boasts high-specification, top-ofthe-range Maha equipment including ATL (Automated Test Lane) bays, ramps and diagnostics.
As such, it can service all makes and models of cars, specialising in 4x4 models.
The modern premises provide a comfortable reception area, which has wheelchair-friendly access and WC facilities.
And as a family firm, Autorama can keep prices down. Assisting Carmine in the business are his wife, Enza, daughter Lisa and her husband Michael, as well as secretary Katia Cendrella.
The new venture coincided with Dennis Hodson stepping down from running Hodson Engineering and Carmine moving away from selling 4x4s in Whittlesey.
The downturn in the SUV market, as result of negative publicity surrounding “gas-guzzling 4x4s”, led Carmine to rethink his future, to invest his many years’ experience in the motor industry as well as a considerable financial outlay into the MOT venture.
He had originally bought the Second Drove premises in the mid80s and ran it as a car spraying and repairs business. It was then a car sales yard before Carmine relocated it.
The site was let to Nene Jaguar before it became home for Hodson Engineering for about 12 years.
positive attitude: Owner of Autorama, Carmine Basile, centre, with staff Stephen Carter and Katia Cendrella.